Late on December 3, five of officers of Syria’s General Intelligence Directorate (GID) were wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked their checkpoint near the town of Inkhil in the northern Daraa countryside.
The gunmen blew up a vehicle near the “al-Maslakh” checkpoint with an improvised explosive device, then proceeded to targeted the checkpoint’s personnel with light machine guns.
No group has claimed responsibility for the well-planned attack, so far. Nonetheless, ISIS cells are active in the northern countryside of Daraa. The terrorist group or local radicals may be behind the attack on the GID checkpoint.
The situation in Daraa is slowly spinning out of control. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 782 attacks have taken place in the southern governorate since June of 2019. The attacks claimed the lives of at least 144 civilians, 268 pro-government fighters and 99 ex-rebels.
Earlier this week, the Damascus government and ex-rebels in Daraa reached a new reconciliation agreement as a part of the wider effort to improve the security situation in the governorate. The new reconciliation agreement, if it is coupled with better coordination between government forces and ex-rebels, may lead to an improvement in this field.
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